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Peachey is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peachey family lived in Kent. It is thought that Peachy is of topographical origin, distinguishing a bearer who lived near a peach tree, sold peaches, or was associated with the fruit in some other way. In French it is written peche, and the addition of the letter y on to the end of the name is probably the result of its Anglicization.

Early Origins of the Peachey family

The surname Peachey was first found in Kent where the name descends from the baronial name Peche, Latinized De Peccato. One of the oldest recordings of the name is found in a stained glass window at Lullingstone in Kent. [1]

Willielmus Peccatum was a Domesday under-tennant in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. [2]

"Richard Peché was Bishop of Coventry 1162-82, and another of the same name was Archdeacon of Malpas in Cheshire. In the course of time, [the name] lapsed into the form of Peachey or Peach. "

"Ralph Peche (perhaps William's son) about 1113 received from Roger, the second son of the Earl of Clare, the manor of Birdbrook in Essex ; one of those granted by Gilbert Lord Peche to Edward I.: and in 1134 Hamo Peche, in right of his wife Alice, one of the four sisters and coheirs of William Peverell, was Lord of Brunne in Cambridgeshire, and held a barony of his own in Suffolk of twelve knights' fees. He was Sheriff of Cambridge from 1164 to Easter 1166: and paid scutage on nineteen fees in 1168. He was followed by two sons, Geoffrey and Gilbert. Gilbert's wife was "a sister of that famous Fitz Walter, who led the Barons' party in the time of King John. On Fitz Walter's banishment, she had to find hostages for her loyalty. One of these hostages was her own daughter Alice." [3]

Early History of the Peachey family

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Peachey Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Peachy, Peach, Peache, Peachee, Peachey, Peche and many more.

Early Notables of the Peachey family (pre 1700)

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Peachey Ranking

In the United States, the name Peachey is the 2,203rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

United States Peachey migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Peachey or a variant listed above:

Peachey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Peachey, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 [5]
Peachey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Peachey, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Samuel Peachey, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [5]
  • Daniel Peachey, who settled in Virginia in 1753

Australia Peachey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Peachey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Peachey, English convict who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Enchantress"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • James Peachey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850 [7]
  • Mr. Charles Peachey who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [8]

New Zealand Peachey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Peachey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Peachey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [9]
  • John Spencer Peachey, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Martha R. Peachey, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Angelina Peachey, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Charles Peachey, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peachey (post 1700) +

  • Jeptha H. Peachey (1852-1914), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1913-14 [10]
  • Stuart Peachey, British historian specialising in the English Civil War
  • David Peachey (b. 1974), former Australian professional rugby league footballer
  • Allan Peachey (b. 1949), New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament for Tamaki
  • Melissa "Mel" Peachey (b. 1980), British television personality

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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th April 2022).
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque BOYNE 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved
  8. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from
  9. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook